SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: It was fantastic to see all the children dressed up for Book Day last week. They each came to school as a character from their favourite book and shared who they were with the whole school at their special Book Day assembly. Harry Potter, Horrid Henry and Roald Dahl characters were amongst the favourites. There were several unusual (and amazing!) creations, including John Walker from Swallows and Amazons, a Moomin and Cruella Da Ville. Throughout the day the children took part in book related activities, including drop and read which involved stopping whatever they were doing to read their book when they heard the bell rung. The school is very grateful to some of the grandparents who have been coming in to school this term to share books and read to the children. It has been very much appreciated by their grandchildren and their friends.
The school was delighted to receive a health improvement grant this year and look forward to many exciting activities designed to increase the children’s awareness of healthy lifestyle choices. We have already begun by offering children in Key Stage 2 the opportunity to try new fruits of their choice. This week the Year 3 children chose avocados. Each class is also taking part in a skipping workshop this week and the school is receiving additional skipping ropes for the playground, so we will all be enjoying jumping our way to excellent health and fitness.
SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Meets this coming Sunday for a Family Service in South Malling School. This happens several times a year and provides children with room to move around and enjoy church in familiar, everyday surroundings. On Sunday, the teaching will be done by the Vicar of Trinity, Revd Steve Daughtery. The service begins at 9.30am though there is coffee and doughnuts available before the service and afterwards. South Malling is a Church of England School and children come down to the church for services at Christmas and Easter, as well as enjoying other School events in the ancient building. It is good from time to time to change the usual location so that church adults can occasionally go to the school on a Sunday morning. All are welcome including of course, the church’s own children from the regular children’s Sunday Club. Music will be provided by the church band.
RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Malling Residents Association met last night in the Community Centre. This is an increasingly valuable meeting for Malling people, especially since it is well attended by local councillors. The meeting ranged over a wide range of subjects, but parking was the hot topic of the evening. The effects of the association’s recently introduced Polite Notices, to alert visitors who park thoughtlessly, are being felt and amusing anecdotes of people dealing with these helped maintain a good spirit about a frustrating topic. Copies of the notice were available at the meeting. The Police are coming in for increasing criticism for what residents believe is their discourteous attitude to fellow road users, especially residents and there is a widespread belief that wardens have lists of number plates that they have been warned not to report. A major current issue is the projected painting of double lines around the estate, which are feared likely to force residents to park a long way from their homes. There is to be a meeting between councillors and the Police shortly, and not before time. Other subjects, including the proposed play Street initiative, will be covered in the next couple of weeks.
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